Calamity Jane

Louise Gold starred in the title role, as Calamity Jane herself, at Leicester Haymarket 22 November 1994 - 28 January 1995


As a musical Calamity Jane started out as a film, but hasn’t often been scene as a professional stage show, this productions leading lady summed it up by saying:  

 “The film is a classic, but on stage it’s different. There’s more dance, more songs, great costumes and that special magic that only comes on stage. It’s music and comedy and fun, but there’s also that tough real life element in the story.” Louise Gold to Liz Gilbey, THE LEICESTER MERCURY, Friday 18 November 1994, THE WEEK section, p10.



Calamity Jane - Louise Gold

Wild Bill Hickock - Ricco Ross

Katie Brown - Liz Izen

Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin - Hal Fowler

Adelaide Adams - Nicole Carty

Henry Miller - James Head

Rattlesnake - Alan Mosley

Francis Fryer - James Duke

Peter - Alan Mosley

Hank - Phillip Alden


Other parts played by:

Phillip Alden, Ralph Anderson, Graeme Conway, Matthew Finch, Richard Laing, Stuart McLeod, Paul Nield, Greg Pichery, Graham Soutar, Cressida Carre, Nicole Carty, Lisa Davies, Angela Haydock, Catherine Hoskins, Jill-Louise Hydes & Marcia Tricker.


Production Team

Adapted for the stage by - Charles K Freeman

from a screenplay by - James O'Hanlon (Warner Brothers)

Music - Sammy Fain

Lyrics - Paul Francis Webster

Orchestral & Vocal arrangements - Philip J Lang

Director - Paul Kerryson

Décor - Paul Farnsworth

Lighting - Chris Ellis

Sound - Frank Bradley

Choreography - David Needham

Musical Director - Julian Kelly


The shows designer Paul Farnsworth is usually better known for his work for The New Shakespeare Company at Regents Part Open Air Theatre, where among other shows he has been involved with: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Kiss Me Kate. On both those occasions, and quite possibly this one two, he managed to make his programme sketch drawing of Louise's character look uncannily like the actress herself.

It has been noted that Louise Gold delayed a stint of puppeteering on Sesame Street, so as to appear in this production of Calamity Jane.

One could say that during this production Louise Gold came of age as a professional stage actress, as it is quite likely that one of her performances in this show took place exactly 21 years to the day of her professional stage debut in Dick Whittington.

Louise Gold, and Alan Mosely had previously appeared at The Leicester Haymarket in Merrily We Roll Along (Stage Production). and on that cast’s Merrily We Roll Along (Recording)

Julian Kelly’s conducting can be heard on Simply Musicals, The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, The Best Of The Musicals, and, 100 Hits Musicals.

Louise Gold, and, Stuart McLeod had previously appeared together in Anything Goes, one of Louise’s other starring musical roles.

Paul Kerryson went on to direct Louise Gold in Follies which also had musical direction by Julian Kelly, design by Paul Farnsworth, choreography by David Needham and Greg Pitchery was the choreographer’s assistant.

Hal Fowler’s recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals.

Hal Fowler, and, James Head’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals, which also includes some of Julian Kelly’s conducting.

Liz Izen may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.


Critics Comments

 "Full marks to Louise Gold in the title role and Ricco Ross as Wild Bill Hickock. Their playing of the central characters is more than enough to dispel any memories of Doris Day and Howard Keel." "From the aspect of songs it's a woman's musical, not only is there Gold as the larger than life Calamity but also Liz Izen as Katie Brown, giving audiences full value for their money." Quentin Clark, THE STAGE

 "Louise just blazed through it, demolishing everyone else in it! The audience adored her." Peter Gannaway, WORDS AND MUSIC

  “As the tough tender-hearted tomboy, Louise Gold is strong and charismatic enough to avoid comparison with Doris Day.” Liz Gilbey, THE LEICESTER MERCURY, Wednesday 23 November 1994, p41


Links about Calamity Jane

Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold

James Head's website: Photograph of James Head and another male cast member.

Hal Fowler’s Official website: section on Calamity Jane.


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